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Inspiring Change and an End to Child Marriage with @stephsinclairpix

To learn more about the stories behind the pictures, follow @stephsinclairpix and @tooyoungtowed on Instagram. To see how you can get involved, visit the Too Young To Wed website and the Girl Summit website.

“She looked at me with tears in her eyes and spoke quietly, ‘In my whole life, I have never felt love.’ I continued to hear similar stories as I traveled, researching and photographing child marriage in countries like Nepal, Ethiopia, India and Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and even Europe and the US,” says photographer Stephanie Sinclair (@stephsinclairpix), who has spent more than a decade documenting the abuse of women and girls around the world.

Stephanie’s long-term photography project, Too Young To Wed (@tooyoungtowed), joins the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF at the first Girl Summit in London.

"I wanted to make sure that we got these images and stories in front of diplomats and policy makers who could enforce laws and support programs to provide more protection for these girls," she says. "I was sure if the rest of the world understood their lives as I had come to, real change wouldn’t be far behind."

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Minimalist Scenes from Assam, India with @prince_sarmah

For more photos and videos from Prince, follow @prince_sarmah on Instagram.

19-year-old Instagrammer Prince Sarmah (@prince_sarmah) captures and shares minimalist scenes from his hometown of Assam, India. “I don’t even know how this style is developing—maybe I am more attracted to minimalist style to show how simple things can be influential.”

Most of Prince’s subjects are things he finds out in the streets such as animals, fruit stands and bikes. Instead of capturing them in their context such as in landscapes, he has a unique way of closing in on the focal point. “I don’t like to put the subject in the middle, so I cut out a portion of it and put it in a corner,” Prince explains. He also makes a conscious decision to shoot subjects “based on their relation with light.”

"Indian culture is rich in art, but due to the faster moving life here, people get less time to focus on it," says Prince. He feels strongly about motivating the younger generation to be more proactive about exploring their creativity. "I am influencing my friends to use Instagram, and someday, I want to organize an InstaMeet here, too.”

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Cricket Season Kicks off for the Indian Premier League (IPL)

To see more photos and videos from the tournament, browse the #IPL hashtag and follow @indianpremierleague.

On Wednesday, the Indian Premier League (@indianpremierleague) kicked off its season of cricket games. As one of the biggest cricket tournaments in the world, hundreds of thousands of fans around the globe tune in to watch the league matches.

This year, the IPL is taking the games outside of India to United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they will start the season with support from their international fans. The league will play at cricket stadiums in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah until the end of April before they return to their home grounds in India to play for local fans.

For a front-row view into the matches of this season, be sure to follow IPL’s Instagram account @indianpremierleague as well as accounts from your favorite teams:

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Exploring the Golden Temple of Amritsar

For more photos and videos from the sacred site in Amritsar, explore the Harmandir Sahib and Golden Temple location pages.

In the city of Amritsar in India’s Punjab region, the Harmandir Sahib (ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ) stands as the most sacred site of the Sikh faith.

The temple, or gurdwara, was first constructed in the 2nd century after the excavation of the holy lake in which it stands. Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, designed the temple as a central place of worship for his faith. The architecture and decoration of the site are marked by details symbolic of the Sikh worldview. Notably, a series of four entrances open onto the lake from all sides, welcoming visitors of all faiths.

After suffering substantial damage during a wartime attack, the temple was rebuilt in the 1700s and later adorned with its signature gold exterior in the early 19th century. Now, the temple itself houses the Adi Granth, the central religious text of Sikhism, as well as memorial plaques and inscriptions for commemorating sacred sites, events and the Sikh soldiers who died in the World Wars.

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Want to see more scenic Ganges photos? Check out pictures tagged #varanasi, #ghat or #ganges

Flowing from the Himalayas through India and Bangladesh, the Ganges (or Ganga) is Hinduism’s most sacred river and the most heavily populated basin in the world. Millions of Hindus make pilgrimages to the river’s shores every year to purify their spirits or pass into the afterlife.

Instagrammers are capturing some of the stunning rituals taking place on the shore of the Ganges this summer. Above are a few of our favorite shots.